Make a Museum Trip a Learning Adventure
A trip to a museum is a great way to provide an out-of-the-classroom learning experience for your child. Adding games to the experience can make it enlightening and enjoyable for you both.
Some kids find just looking at objects in museums boring. But playing museum games can make the trip more fun and inspire them to observe, think and explore.
Many museums offer games for kids to play. You can also make up your own. Here are some to try on your next museum trip:
- Museum Detective. Use the exhibit brochures the museum provides. See if your child can find the pictured items. Ask, "Does the real thing look like the picture?" "Are the colors the same?" "Is it the size you expected?"
- I Spy. Take turns describing an object that you see. See if the other person can guess what the object is. For instance, "I spy something that flies."
- Seek and Find. Challenge your child to look more closely at things. See if your student can find personal "favorites" in museum paintings—for example, your child's favorite color, food or animal.
- Tell Me ... When, What, Why or How. Ask a question your child can answer based on things shown or explained in the exhibit. "How did the Native Americans of the Plains build a teepee?" "What steps did they take?" "Why didn't they build houses?"
- Connect. Children learn most when they connect something new with what they already know. Point to an object and ask your child, "What does this remind you of?" For example, a knight's suit of armor is similar to a catcher's mask or bicycle helmet.
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